When Is a Baby a Toddler?

My baby has been turning into a little person with her own abilities and preferences for quite some time now, but I’ve still considered her a baby. Ever since her first birthday on Tuesday though, I’ve started seeing her in a different light and realizing that she really isn’t such a baby anymore…even though I’ll probably still call her my baby for quite awhile longer. It seemed so sudden to me that one minute she was my baby and the next she was a toddler. It was like the blink of an eye. But, in retrospect, there have definitely been some telltale signs, dead giveaways if you will, that my baby had turned the corner into toddlerhood. These are a few…

  • When Is a Baby a Toddler?

    When Is a Baby a Toddler?

    She’s still my “baby”, but slowly she is turning into her own little person and kind of a big kid. Here were a few hints she gave me that maybe she was turning into a toddler…

  • When she started greeting me in the morning.

    When she started greeting me in the morning.

    While she still doesn’t call me “mama” most of the time, she has taken to greeting me and calling me “mama” when I come get her in the morning. A definite toddler thing to do.

  • When she stood up and walked off during our photo shoot.

    When she stood up and walked off during our photo shoot.

    During our final monthly photo shoot Fern just stood up and walked off. …And then I knew she really was a long way from our very first one-month photo shoot where she was slumped down and could barely hold her own neck weight.

  • When she started walking all over.

    When she started walking all over.

    Fern is definitely wobbling around walking all day long now and every time I see her walk over and bend down to pick something up, I am astounded at just how much she’s grown and how little she still seems like the tiny baby I brought home from the birthing center.

  • When she fed herself with a fork.

    When she fed herself with a fork.

    “Only big kids feed themselves with forks!”. Apparently I have one of those… or at least a big kid in training anyway.

  • When she has conversations with our dog.

    When she has conversations with our dog.

    She’s getting more and more personality every day and when I see her carrying on conversations with our dog (“Hello? It’s for you!”) she seems so much more like a little kid than a baby.

  • When she flips out over bananas at the grocery.

    When she flips out over bananas at the grocery.

    The girl loves bananas and will now wave her arms excitedly when we’re at the grocery store to signal me that I should put some in our cart. Little babies don’t often do such things. She is quickly developing favorites and preferences.

  • When she started waving to everybody.

    When she started waving to everybody.

    Fern has become quite the gregarious little thing, waving coyly to people everywhere we go. She’s noticed the positie reaction it receives and she willingly hams it up for passersby.

  • When she started showing friend preference.

    When she started showing friend preference.

    Fern definitely knows and prefers her friend Poppy above other babies. When she sees photos of her she starts waving her hands and saying “Pop, pop, pop, pop!”. She can’t say mama or daddy with regularity, but she pretty much has her buddy Poppy’s name down.

  • When she crawled over to nurse.

    When she crawled over to nurse.

    Still nursing at one and now Fern can crawl over herself when she wants a nursing session. It’s kind of funny and kind of strange at the same time, but definitely a far cry from the days when she could barely latch on!

  • When she shows excitement over big kid things.

    When she shows excitement over big kid things.

    Trying new things, especially “big kid things”, like those ride on quarter machines at the grocery store are enough to elicit big kid excitement from my little lady.

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